The best way to avoid being a victim of a phishing attack is to know what to look for.
Here are just a few examples of phishing emails seen in circulation at Queen's.
This is not meant to be a definitive list, so don’t assume a suspicious-looking email
is safe if you don’t see it here.
This first example shows some of the typical characteristics of a phishing email. Not only does it ask for confidential information in a threatening manner, but it was sent from a non-Queen’s email address, includes a generic salutation and is poorly written.
This second email is an example of "spear phishing," or an email that is targeted to a specific group of people. This message, falsely attributed to Chancellor David Dodge, was circulated to Queen’s students, informing them about the cancellation of classes. An obvious indication that the email was fake was that it was sent after the last day of classes. So there were no classes to cancel on the following week.